My daughter is only 3-years-old, so it'll be years before her first sleepover. Still, the idea of having a gaggle of girls over to kick back in their own little space is so darling to me that I can't wait. Born in 1982, I straddle that cusp between Gen-X and millennials, so the '90s covered most of my childhood and all of my teen years. Pretty much all of my sleepovers occurred in that decade, and there are things every '90s mom should bust out at her daughter's sleepover that would be negligent of me not to share with my daughter.
Sleepovers are a ritualistic tributes to the emotions of a girl. They can be fun and giggly — where you spend the night choreographing dances to your favorite songs and eating ice cream while you swoon over crushes. They can be just what you need for a good group cry, too. Sleepovers can encourage rebellion, sometimes through peer pressure (we all saw how Sandy smoked a cigarette in Grease!). At their worst, they can be the stage Machiavellian power struggles among peer groups that end in gossip and humiliation. (WHY DID YOU TELL KELLY'S BROTHER I LIKED HIM KRISTIN?! I HATE YOU!)
But there are some aspects of a classic '90s sleepover than no girl, regardless of her generation, should go without. And while it will be a while before I'll get to share all this with my own child, I'm mentally preparing myself by gathering the following: